Treatment & Services
RESULTS PROVIDED BEFORE YOU LEAVE!
Women who receive annual mammograms starting at age 40 can reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer by 71%. During mammography, our experienced technologists use a state-of-the-art digital breast imaging system to take pictures of each breast (from the top and from the side). Your breast is compressed, which prevents motion and spreads out overlapping structures of the breast, reducing the radiation dose required.
To ease discomfort, we utilize MammoPads® - a foam pad that serves as a cushion between a woman's breast and the mammography machine resulting in a warmer, softer, more comfortable mammogram. Discomfort can also be reduced if you avoid having your mammogram immediately before or during your menstrual period.
RESULTS RIGHT AWAY:
After your examination, one of our board certified, fellowship-trained breast radiologists reviews the images and provides results before you leave your appointment. Questionable findings can include a mass (nodule), suspicious calcium deposits, distortion of breast tissue, skin retraction or skin thickening. If further testing or evaluation is warranted, you may have additional testing completed during your visit, which could include ultrasound or breast MRI.
BREAST ULTRASOUND & ULTRASOUND
Breast ultrasound is a noninvasive procedure used to assess the breasts. Ultrasound technology allows quick visualization of the breast tissue. Ultrasound may also be used to assess blood flow to areas inside the breasts. The examination is often used along with mammography.
A breast ultrasound is commonly performed to determine if an abnormality detected by mammography or a palpable lump is a fluid-filled cyst or a solid tumor (benign or malignant). An ultrasound-guided breast biopsy may be done to evaluate abnormal findings on a mammogram or breast ultrasound and can be done in the same visit.
STEREOTACTIC BREAST BIOPSY
A Stereotactic breast biopsy is a minimally-invasive procedure to remove breast tissue from an area of abnormality. This procedure generally requires no stitches, and leaves virtually no scarring while enabling you to continue your normal activities soon after the procedure. If the area of concern is benign, no further treatment is necessary. If the finding is malignant, your doctor will share further options with you. Approximately 80% of abnormalities are benign and present no health risk.
AURORA® BREAST MRI & MRI GUIDED PROCEDURES:
The Aurora® Breast MRI system is the only commercially available, FDA cleared, MRI system designed specifically for 3-D bilateral breast imaging and it's available right here at York Hospital! Dedicated breast MRI is an ideal instrument for:
- Monitoring of high-risk patients
- Surgical planning
- Staging of breast cancer and treatment planning
- Post-surgery and post-radiation follow-up
- Evaluating dense breast tissue
- Evaluating breast implant integrity and detecting cancer in women with breast augmentation
This system is intended exclusively for breast imaging, designed for a woman's comfort. The Aurora® System has a uniquely contoured examination table where you lay face down, with both breasts suspended away from the chest, without compression. MRI guided procedures are also available!
York Hospital Breast Care
15 Hospital Drive, York, Maine 03909
York Hospital in Wells Breast Care
112 Sanford Road, Wells, Maine 04090
Phone: (207) 351-2023